Galapagos…The mere mention of these islands conjures dreams of adventure, intrigue, and excitement. It’s a place of mystery that millions know about, but only a handful have explored. To visit is to live a moment like you never have before.
Our excursion of the islands begins on a first-class, luxury motor yacht. With a limit of sixteen passengers, this state of the art vessel provides an intimate yet extravagant seafaring experience. Cabins built with relaxation in mind also offer spectacular views of the surrounding ocean as far as the eye can see. Have a drink while basking under the sun’s rays on the sundeck or pop into the jacuzzi for a soak and sip on your drink of choice to unwind. The Majestic is a ship built for a trip of maximum comfort on an adventure of a lifetime.
The sights in store for you during this 5-day cruise include wonders like the famous Galapagos tortoises, which helped inspire Charles Darwin to write his infamous On the Origin of Species. These beloved animals live hundreds of years and are gargantuan rulers of their domain. Seeing them in their natural habitat is not to be missed.
These islands are special thanks in large part to the strong currents from Antarctica flowing towards the Galapagos bringing with them an abundance of plankton : the main food source for many ocean creatures. The billions of microscopic plankton which feed the huge shoals of fish also attract penguins, a rare vision this far north. Further up on the chain, larger species come to dine on these fish, creating a perfect ecosystem, as Darwin would say. The wonders underwater are equally impressive. Beneath the pristine waters you can explore an untouched haven of natural beauty swimming alongside reef sharks, manta rays, and tropical fish. If exploring the ocean depths is out of your league, don’t fret because above the waves the exotic birds of the Galapagos await. Here your eyes will feast upon blue footed boobies, flamingos, albatross, and the strange frigate bird. Also worth exploring are the many lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island. Formed from the flows of molten rock these tubes prove to be a fascinating, but haunting adventure. And for those wanting to soak in the sun and float in the clear blue seas, then Tortuga Bay will make for a relaxing afternoon to while away the day.
The Galapagos Islands are the main draw of this tour, but Ecuador’s largely undiscovered mainland is also not to be missed. Nestled in the Andes Mountains amid the Amazonian rainforest Ecuador’s Spanish roots are still evident and it is home to an array of a people with a rich history and fantastic adventures including soaring active volcanoes, towering waterfalls, a train ride on a nearly vertical mountain slope, and so much more. Seven days of exploration and adventure will be yours to treasure for a lifetime.
Accommodation is on a double occupancy basis and if you are traveling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another traveler of the same gender. If there is no one of the same gender with whom to pair you, you WILL be required to pay the single supplement. Final payment is due 60 days before the trip start date.